You'll get around to it? Time? Knowledge? Don't know where to start? I'm going to let you in on a secret. You don't write because you're afraid. But, before we get to that, let's talk about excuses you might be using. I know them, because I used every one of them. I've been obsessed with … Continue reading Why haven’t you written yet?
I'm turning back the clock. I haven't been around in a while—because I got bored. Not with trying to help people, mind you, but with trying to be someone I wasn't. I'm not one to couch my words and try to be 'professional' about anything. My clean (read as 'no sex') fiction is about an … Continue reading Re-Branding
I received a critique on a book in my mystery series the other day that blew my mind. Normally I don’t comment on advice and critiques that I don’t agree with. I consider them all, because if one person thought something as they were reading my stuff, then a percentage of other people who read … Continue reading The Right Narration at the Right Time
How to survive and learn to love critiques: Do I need a critique group or critique partner? Yes, and you shouldn't be scared of them.
When I finally stopped lying about writing and actually did it. And, why everyone should finish a book.
More than a decade into the self-publishing revolution, it’s hard to believe we’re still being subjected to dire warnings about “vanity publishing.” Can there possibly be a more tired phrase than that? If it’ll do any good, I’ll admit that I’m vain. Whenever I publish, I chose to pay dearly for the privilege. A complete […] … Continue reading Stop Calling It Vanity Publishing — The Let’s Play Ball Blog
Technical and academic writing are banes to creative writing for a few reasons. Today, I'd like to talk about contractions. Bottom line - unless you are Queen Elizabeth II or Data, they are a part of everyone's speech and should be a part of your writing. The absence of contractions in dialogue and first-person POV … Continue reading I cannot and will not live in a world without contractions – It ain’t normal